Savor North Dakota’s Heritage and Traditions this Season

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It’s that time of year when North Dakotans reach for their wool stadium blankets, fill thermoses with hot apple cider and get outside to take in the waning days of fall. Savor North Dakota this season, whether its holiday shopping in unique boutiques, sampling traditional flavors in small-town cafés or savoring fine dining, or enjoying the bounty of your upland game hunt. To enjoy these options and more visit www.NDTourism.com or call 800-435-5663 or 701-328-2525.

Keep it Old School

Custom means a lot to North Dakotans. In a state that’s rapidly capturing the world’s attention because of its vibrant economy and wealth of natural resources, many native North Dakotans are holding hard and fast to traditions that date back three, four or sometimes more generations.  Scandinavian, German and Native American influences remain evident today pretty much everywhere in North Dakota. Towns with names like Mandan, New Leipzig and Strausburg are steeped with age-old traditions. Stroll through local markets or visit neighborhood diners to sample native cuisines from lefse to kuchen to bison meat. Holiday festivals and parades across North Dakota showcase traditional apparel, music and dance.

Holiday Shopping

The last few years brought an influx of new retailers to North Dakota and now, more than ever, shopping opportunities abound in big and small towns alike. Fargo has a number of one-of-a-kind boutiques such as the Fowler Heritage Company, Proper and Prim or Red Silo Studio. Unique shopping can also be found at Soul Interiors in Bismarck, Michelle F in Minot and Kittsona in Grand Forks. Some of the sweetest finds are off the beaten path, outside the bigger cities. All across the state, antique stores offer authentic and traditional North Dakotan heirlooms and homewares. And don’t miss local favorites Hodenattes (Lisbon), Crosby Floral and Gifts (Crosby) and 3rd Avenue Floral (Dickinson).

Hunting Camp

Hunting is a long-established tradition in North Dakota and locals here take the sport very seriously. The state is world renowned for its upland, big game and especially water fowl hunting, the latter of which is largely due to the prairie pothole region that crosses much of North Dakota. There are several hunting outfitters eager to cater to outdoor enthusiasts on their quests to hunt pheasants, ducks, geese or deer. If you are looking for an authentic hunting experience in a pristine setting, North Dakota should be on your list.

What’s Cookin’

Finding good food to eat in this prairie state is not hard to do, thanks to the foodie movement that’s transformed the North Dakotan restaurant scene over the last decade. This holiday season, visit a wide variety of restaurants to sample local cuisines (the sautéed bison medallions at Bismarck’s Pirogue Grille), taste traditional German flavors (try knoephla soup at a local cafe in Linton, Wishek or Napoleon) or to experience a farm to table meal (Terra Nomad in Bismarck is committed to using fresh, local ingredients). For a festive night out with family or friends, check out Blackbird Woodfire in Fargo then end your evening with a nightcap at local favorite Monte’s Downtown.

North Dakota is a place where old customs mingle with contemporary lifestyles. A place where you can still see, hear and taste the traditions of our ancestors but also enjoy an unwavering optimism about today and all that it holds. Come see what it’s all about.